Since it was announced that there would be a live-action version of the hit animated series Dora, the Explorer (2000-2019), called Dora And The Lost City of Gold, assaulted a terrifying concern: What would happen in a movie theater with those awkward silences when Dora asks the camera what option to take? How to adapt a television program that bets on the interactivity of its young spectators?
For Dora And The Lost City of Gold, the filmmakers decided on the path of self-parody, which works effectively on the screen. The reference to the different classic elements of an episode of Dora, in an environment of supposed reality, is hilarious. The words in English and Spanish, the mascot Boots, the backpack or the map, along with many other elements, find their place in the film.
The relevance of director James Bobin's duo (co-creator of the Flight of the Conchords series, 2007-2009) with screenwriter Nicholas Stoller should not be ruled out. Together they had already worked at Muppets (2011) and Muppets 2: The Most Wanted (2014), demonstrating a special ability to work with a consolidated franchise, while providing it with freshness for new generations.
An interesting aspect is that they resort to a well-known narrative resource, that of the "fish out of water", to pour the dose of humor. It is when the protagonist is, from one moment to another, in a new environment without knowing how to function. An example would be Marty McFly in Back to the Future (1985) and his sudden temporary transfer from 1985 to 1955.
In this case, Dora is the daughter of two dedicated researchers and expeditionary who live and work in the heart of a jungle in Peru. As a 16-year-old teenager, Dora will have to move to Los Angeles in the United States, when her parents must go deeper into the jungle to find a mythical Inca city. Dora's social imperfection and naivety in her new realm will be the engine of happening moments. But the papers will be reversed when she returns to nature accompanied by her urban classmates.
It also highlights a multinational cast of Latin descent. Isabela Moner as Dora and Michael Peña and Eva Longoria in the roles of their parents. Eugenio Derbez is presented as a clueless explorer, Adriana Barraza plays a sweet grandmother and Isela Vega a mysterious woman.
In the nice fable presented to us, with a basic intention that alludes to Indiana Jones, there is room for humor that is sustained with the resources of the characters' imagination, imminent dangers, hallucinations, and even magic.
A family package that allows us to recognize Dora, the explorer as the relevant cultural and television phenomenon that meant -to the degree of «inspiring» similar products, such as Mickey Mouse Clubhouse for the Disney channel-, as well as to relaunch it in a different format and thus find new audiences.